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Mark Lowry

Lexington, KY, USA


There have been a very high number of Hooded Mergansers
passing through Central KY the last couple weeks or so. By my
observations the numbers have been higher than the last several
years as I have observed them in small groups to large flocks
numbering over 100 on many of our small to medium sized ponds/lakes
in our part of the state. This shot was gotten over one of the smaller
ponds in the area. This pair was part of a flock of 6 that was using
the pond on this morning before taking flight. After lift off, this pair made
one more pass over the pond and turned due South in a hurry. It is
amazing how fast they accelerate to that top ‘cruising’ gear!

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Species: Hooded Merganser

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Hooded Merganser Pair

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